New Year’s Resolution – Stop Ignoring this Blog!!

In other words, make a little time to keep it up or say goodbye!  I’ve had this blog a long time but this year has put me to the test when it comes to making entries!

No excuses, but since we closed the shop and are in just two spaces in the mall, there has been lots of freed up time to do other things and spend time with other people and we have!

Now to get back to the business of blogging!

First project completed in 2017 – a sad little Ethan Allen cabinet in need of a makeover and some redesigning.  The top was heavily damaged and there is some separation of the boards on the side that were driving the hubby crazy but I thought it perfect for Miss Mustard Seed’s Boxwood, some chipping and distressing and a new reclaimed wood top courtesy of that hubby!

No before pictures because all this work has to happen inside due to winter weather but here is the reveal in the mall:

Resolution #2 – get that garage to a place where the work can happen out there and not in the family room, kitchen or bathroom!

Have a terrific week!

5 Before and After Projects

I found all these pieces within 2 days at a favorite junk haunt.  Told myself I was getting them done ASAP.  Seems I did-for a change…


A corner baker’s rack with no shelves, a partially dismantled screen, cute little newer table, wood shelf unit and a vintage smoking stand.

With a bit of help from the hubs with the barn board shelves and table top, they have been refurbbed and are ready for South End and new homes!



All 5 items will be at South End tomorrow!

Little Desk Makeover

It’s hot and dry and leaves are beginning to fall around here, especially from my big old maple tree I like to paint under to shield me from the intense sun!  Didn’t stop these little projects from happening today though!

Bought this little desk last weekend at a local estate sale and I was ready to tackle the loose veneer and unattached rail today with the hubs’ help!


Forgot a before picture, did have this one though

Forgot a before picture, did have this one though

After veneer removal and gluing and a bit of sanding before painting:

Veneer removed from top and drawer since it was dry and loose

Veneer removed from top and drawer since it was dry and loose


Painted my favorite  off-white and distressed a bit

Painted my favorite off-white and distressed a bit

Also worked on the two faux rust projects you can see while waiting for paint to dry on the desk.  I think I am ready for summer to end and fall to begin!  How about you?

Bookcase Project – Rustic Backing

Here are the proper pictures to show you the bookcase project from beginning to end.  (Borrowed this idea from Miss Sophia!)


the before

He removed the original backing and primed and painted the bookcase and shelves.  Next came cleaning, sorting and cutting the old boards.  Attached them and voila!



and with a little staging ~


I have been lazy lately and taking quick pictures with my iPhone.  Should get back to the better camera…

Sharing with Vintage Charm Link Party #41 and DIY Salvaged Junk Projects #339

A Quick Makeover – MMS’s Tricycle on a little Sewing Stand

Found the sewing stand (or end table) the other day at a sort of estate sale (in a storage place).  Great price, cute lines, not too bad shape.

Here is the Before:

cute but a bit blah...

cute but a bit blah…

I caught the hubs sanding it and yelled (politely) “STOP!!!  I’m using milk paint on this.”  Hopefully it will still chip…

Here is the After:

finally, chipping!

finally, chipping!

Funny thing is, it didn’t really chip until AFTER I applied the finish coat (new product-jury out still on reviews).  It chipped ENORMOUSLY after that and I re-finished it with MMS’s Hemp Oil.  Now I will have to make sure it is DONE chipping.

P. S. The new product I mentioned before was developed by another company for their own paint line which is an acrylic.  I will use it the recommended way before I determine if I like it or not.

Sharing over at Vintage Charm #39 and DIY Salvaged Junk Projects #339

I Totally Messed Up Here – Sorry!

Not only is there no Before picture (it was a plain jane little maple bookcase), the only After picture I have is one with a few other projects and since it sold quickly I have no way to share the project until we make over the bigger bookcase in the garage!  Please stay tuned…

62916We are looking at the little bookcase on the right with the reclaimed wood back.  Miss Sophia first did this at Serendipity and I have been wanting to do one for the longest time.

 I painted the bookcase my classic white and the hubs added the backing. Cute and easy-peasy!  Next one is larger and has adjustable shelves so it should actually be easier.

New Items at South End

We took these in today and I wanted to share because the hubs reworked three of these items for me.  He was the recipient of a bunch of reclaimed wood last year and has made me numerous things.  This is the first time he has replaced the back on a bookcase but this is probably numbers six and seven of these little tables so far.  There is a secret to them-can you guess?*

62916There were two of the rusty old baskets and I will show you tomorrow why only one made it into the shop today.

* The table bases are piano benches with the tops removed.  Such a clever man I married!

Oh, Good Grief!

This doggone thing had me throwing up my hands and asking the hubs to finish for me.  Started it and I realized how much painted surface there was to get through-I seem to think all surfaces need to be painted I guess.



With the sides raised

With the sides raised

Somewhere in there I contracted a horrible stomach virus that laid me low several days, then it rained for a few more and I painted more and more and it NEVER seemed to make a difference.  (I used a paint I swore I would never use again and I am once more swearing to never use it again.)  Mind you, all this painting was over a coat of bonding primer that was supposed to be awesome!



In the shop

In the shop

I adore vintage maple furniture and I usually paint it red.  I will continue to paint it red but white not so much should I buy another piece any time soon.

(It finally turned out well, didn’t it?)

Time for another update…

This has been a super busy month and in between family and friend events, we have been working on many pieces for the upcoming Anniversary/Memorial Day Sale at South End Antique Mall in Aurora where I am back at home.  Here are two pictures of some finished projects that we have stashed for the sale!


Many more are waiting to be cleaned and there is a mixture of finished and almost finished hanging out in my yard! (And keeping it real:  in the garage, the shed and almost every room in the house too!  I hope all this stuff sells!!)